A Framework of Co-operation Agreement between QinetiQ and Prospect/Unite unions was concluded in June 2016 following informal exchanges and meetings over a number of months. The Agreement re-established formal relations between Prospect and the Company, which had been severed on 31 March 2012 when the Company terminated trade union recognition and all collective agreements.
The Framework Agreement acknowledges the “professional knowledge and unique perspective that Prospect are able to provide on employee relations matters”, and re-establishes facilities for internal communications with members in QinetiQ.
In January 2017 further discussions took place with QinetiQ on extending the Framework Agreement following the success of the initial six month period and in July 2017 agreement was reached on an extension of the Framework Agreement.
Prospect continues to provide direct advice, support, and representation to individual Prospect members and under the extension of the Framework Agreement will now have regular quarterly joint meetings with the Company on company issues, but not under collective bargaining.
The QinetiQ Branch Council has continued to meet regularly since de-recognition in 2012, and under the new extended Framework Agreement will have the facilities to meet on site in company time prior to the proposed new quarterly conference meetings with the Company.